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Fatigue in adolescents with cancer: a review of the literature. Clin J Oncol Nurs 2004 Apr;8(2):139-45

Date

04/28/2004

Pubmed ID

15108414

DOI

10.1188/04.CJON.139-145

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-3042785638   28 Citations

Abstract

Fatigue is a prevalent and distressing symptom in people with cancer, and adolescents with cancer are no exception. Research on fatigue in the context of age and development will help in the development of age-specific prevention and management guidelines. The developmental profile, cancer epidemiology, and research needs related to adolescents with cancer are unique. A number of descriptive studies now form the foundation of scientific knowledge about cancer-related fatigue in adolescents. From this research, a definition of fatigue has been constructed and age-specific instruments have been developed. In addition, several correlates and interventions have been proposed for future testing. This article reviews relevant literature related to the symptom of fatigue in adolescents with cancer, discusses future research directions, and recommends clinical strategies for management of fatigue in this population.

Author List

Erickson JM

Author

Jeanne M. Erickson PhD, RN Associate Professor in the College of Nursing department at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adolescent
Age Factors
Fatigue
Humans
Neoplasms
Nursing Assessment
Risk Factors